Skip to main content

Elwood and Luella Garner Papers

Identifier: FMS-127

Scope and Contents

The Elwood and Luella Garner Papers reflect Quaker life in Indiana at the end of the nineteenth centurry. The letters and diaries include comments on religion, education, politics, and other facets of rural life. The Garner Papers consist of four diaries kept by Elwood Garner from 1887 to 1891 and letters between Elwood and Luella before and after their marriage. Many were written while Elwood Garner was a student at the Indiana State Normal School in Terre  Haute, Indiana. Also included in the  collection is a transcription of the 1891 diary with genealogical information and identications of many of the persons mentioned.


  • 1887-1895

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Some materials may be protected by copyright. Permission to reproduce and to publish for commercial purposes must be requested from the Archivist.

Biographical or Historical Information

Elwood H. Garner was born near Fairmount, Grant County, Indiana, February 1, 1866, the son of Riley Garner, a Quaker minister and farmer, and his wife Ruth (Haisley) Garner. Elwood Garner wsa a school teacher and farmer in the Fairmount area all of his adult life. On June 20, 1891, he was married in Grant County to Amanda Luella Rush, known as Louie. She was born near Fairmount May 14, 1966, the daughter of Thomas Elwood and Mary (Harvey) Rush. Elwood H. Garner died at Fairmount in 1941, and Luella in 1948. They were the parents of Murvel Garner, Earlham College Class of 1923 and Professor of Biology 1923-1962.

Note written by


1.00 Boxes

Language of Materials


Method of Acquisition

Donation, Don Garner, Fairmount Indiana, a grandson, in 2006.

Archon Finding Aid Title
Description rules
Other Unmapped
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository